'In 1982, Sally Morgan travelled back to her grandmother's birthplace. What started as a tentative search for information about her family, turned into an overwhelming emotional and spiritual pilgrimage. My Place is a moving account of a search for truth into which a whole family is gradually drawn, finally freeing the tongues of the author's mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.' Source: Publisher's blurb.
''The thing I am trying to get at is what made Jack different from me. Different all through our lives, I mean, and in a special sense, not just older or nobler or braver or less clever.'
'David and Jack Meredith grow up in a patriotic suburban Melbourne household during the First World War, and go on to lead lives that could not be more different. Through the story of the two brothers, George Johnston created an enduring exploration of two Australian myths: that of the man who loses his soul as he gains worldly success, and that of the tough, honest Aussie battler, whose greatest ambition is to serve his country during the war. Acknowledged as one of the true Australian classics, My Brother Jack is a deeply satisfying, complex and moving literary masterpiece. ' (Publication summary)
'Bush Studies is famous for its stark realism—for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness.
'Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Barbara Baynton’s short-story collection presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it.' (Publication summary : Text Classics)
My Brilliant Career was written by Stella Franklin (1879-1954) when she was just nineteen years old. The novel struggled to find an Australian publisher, but was published in London and Edinburgh in 1901 after receiving an endorsement from Henry Lawson. Although Franklin wrote under the pseudonym 'Miles Franklin', Lawson’s preface makes it clear that Franklin is, as Lawson puts it 'a girl.'
The novel relates the story of Sybylla Melvyn, a strong-willed young woman of the 1890s growing up in the Goulburn area of New South Wales and longing to be a writer.
'Judith Wright's own definitive selection of her poetry, covering the best and most memorable of her remarkable oeuvre.
'From the elegant and moving precision of the first collection, The Moving Image (1946), to the political passion of Phantom Dwelling (1985), Wright's poetry speaks with intelligence and courage - and gracefully sensuous imagery.
'Forty years of poetic production from Australia's best-loved poet.' (Publication summary)
ENGL2100 “Twentieth Century Australian Literature” considers some of the major developments in Australian Literature over the last 100 years. In particular it draws upon postcolonial and feminist literary and cultural criticism to explore a number of key themes in Australian literature: literature as a vehicle for promoting or questioning the development of Australian cultural nationalism; the family as an institution of self-development and as a microcosm for the nation; the creative response to place and landscape; the engagement with the legacies of colonial history; the articulation of racial and gender identities.
Take Home Exam
Research Proposal and Annotation Exercise
Webby, Elizabeth. "Barbara Baynton's Revisions to "Squeaker's Mate"." Southerly 44 (1984): 455-68.
Bridge, Jenny. "Landscape and Identity in Judith Wright's Poetry: An Introduction." Australian Studies 4 (1990): 1-19.
Pascal, Richard. "Singing Our Place Little Bit New: Aboriginal Narrativity and Nation Building in Kim Scott's True Country." Critique 46.1 (2004): 3-11.
Hergenhan, Laurie. "'Shafts into Our Fundamental Animalism': Barbara Baynton's Use of Naturalism in Bush Studies." Australian Literary Studies 17.3 (1996): 211-21.
AustLit: Online Electronic Database Resource for Australian Literature
Wilde, William, Joy Hooton and Barry Andrews. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature. 2nd ed. Oxford: London, 1994.
Baldick, Chris. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1991.